I’m LOVING this update!
When we first moved in, we knew that our master bedroom (and bathroom) would take on a major makeover, but we didn’t focus on it right away. Previously, in our rentals, the bedroom would be one of our first priorities… creating an oasis to retreat to… but for some reason in our own home, it felt as though there were so many other areas of focus, and I was totally okay with that.
I do have to say though, now that our room does feel more like an oasis, I’m loving the calm and peaceful vibe in there!
On our first walkthrough (which you can see the entire BEFORE of the house in this video), we knew the wall color would change, the flooring would be replaced and it didn’t take long before we knocked down the popcorn ceiling. We did this early on throughout the house since it was easier, and less expensive to do it all at once. Thankfully it was all done, because it made the process of adding our reclaimed wood ceiling so much simpler.
Another problem to solve was the closet door. It was evident right away that the door system was a little crazy. Even with a bifold door on the closet, if the bedroom door was open, the closet door would crash into it and vice versa. Our solution was a barn door.
Chris made an oversized door since we had such a tall wall (tutorial coming soon) that we painted black to create a statement piece. You guys, it looks SO good in there, and even better in person! And the big test… the doors don’t hit each other anymore! Well, we did add a hinge stopper to our bedroom door, so it opens but not far enough to bang into the closet door.
Now let’s talk reclaimed wood ceiling. Doesn’t it make such a HUGE design statement?!
We loved the idea of using Stikwood, which is 100% real reclaimed wood that has been fully weathered by nature to give it the raw feel and color variations, cleaned and is safe to use in your home. Many of you all even came along on the journey. After ordering three different samples (like paint, I recommend always trying out color samples in the space you’re designing!), we asked for your opinion.
I have to say, the Reclaimed White, one of the samples, was originally almost off my list because I wasn’t sure if it would be too light. Graystone and Charcoal were also on our list. Hearing all of your comments and opinions on our live videos truly helped our thought process though, and made it so much more fun!
The vintage wood is amazing for adding character into a home. Even including the knotholes, slight splitting, nail holes, some oxidation marks, and deeply weathered grooves… all giving that beauty of a barn wood look, because it is real wood!
Just a note: don’t even worry about the splits that happen here and there (not often, but they do). The beauty of Stikwood is that once the wood is up on the wall or ceiling, it takes on the strength of the wall. The split blends in with the wood and adds to the character.
The wood planks come in packs, with a mixture of about 8″ to 36″ lengths, making it easy to put on the wall or ceiling in varying lengths, without much cutting. In fact, for our ceiling, we would open a pack, lay the pieces out on the bed and then just peel and stick to the ceiling in random order… only making sure we didn’t have two rows with ends in the same place. The only time we had to cut a plank was when it came to the end of a row or light fixtures.
Chris used a chopsaw for simple, straight cuts and a jigsaw for the round cuts around the lights.
Each plank is about the thickness of two quarters stacked on top of each other, so really thin! It allows the wood to bend, so it can be used around slight curves and ensures that you don’t need to adjust trim, door jambs, or outlets when installing it, a HUGE plus for DIYers!
From there it truly is just peel-and-stick. Like putting big stickers on the ceiling, it adds a bit of whimsical fun to a project, and doesn’t make it feel quite so daunting.
So tell me, what do you think of this reclaimed wood ceiling / bedroom update?!